CLASSIC BITS

Works on wood from the archives spanning from 2003-2013. Race, the ever-evolving social construct has been a central theme throughout my oeuvre and during this period I explore various manifestations of Blackness as it relates to the human condition. This work also remarks on the sexism and misogynoir deeply ingrained into  American mainstream as well as that which exists within various foundational subcultures of the Black community. Thus, my work considers the power dynamic between dominant gender identities juxtaposed against the endless spectrum of those who unabashedly and openly embrace their queerness, all while being ostracized and shunned.

 

During this span of time, I observed notable strides within Black, female and queer subcultures; cautiously hopeful all while expecting and commenting on the gradual backlash that has ensued. I believe that the fear/ignorance that fuels homophobic perspectives within the Black community, (often leading to the brutal deaths of our trans and gender nonconforming members,) is akin to and a direct product of the fear that drives white male posturing and by proxy unjust police interactions. This in turn espouses hatred and death, hacking branches off of the otherwise firmly rooted family tree of Black America.

 

My work is as much a firsthand documentation of this as it is a commentary on the continued fight for justice against the tiki torches of inequality that are institutionalized in American society and how this can filter into the respectability politics that some Black folks have used to spurn their fellows, whom they themselves have othered.

 
 

East Bay, CA

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©2020 by G. Thompson

Flashes of My Father (a veteran of Vietnam's trauma, the agent orange edition) MMVII (60.96 cm²)

Acrylic, charcoal, graphite and ink on wood